Liverpool have made their statement signing of the summer after Jurgen Klopp put pen to paper on a six-year deal.
Klopp, who only arrived at Anfield last October, has made a huge impression on owners Fenway Sports Group and they were desperate to safeguard his future by tying him to a long-term contract.
The deal he initially signed ran to June 2018 but now, after swift negotiations with FSG, Klopp will be in charge of Liverpool until June 2022. His assistants Zelkjo Buvac and Peter Kraweitz have also committed to similar contracts.
The move to get Klopp signed up on one of the biggest contracts ever given to a Liverpool manager was driven by Mike Gordon – FSG’s president and the man most involved in the day-to-day running of the club – but was also fully endorsed by principal owner John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner.
Klopp, of course, has seen his current £6million-per-season salary enhanced – thought to be boosted to around £7.5m – but the most important aspect for FSG and the German was the length of the deal.
He is a manager who takes pride in developing young talent and Klopp now has the platform to build a team in his mould, as he did with Mainz and then Borussia Dortmund.